WTAE News has a video report on a large landslide, with a chute about 100 yards wide on the side of Mount Washington. Pittsburgh has lots of landslides because it is a city flanked by steep river valley walls, lots of precipitation and weak red shales forming much of the bedrock.
Raven Maps are beautiful examples of shaded-relief wall maps that display the elevation of a state in vibrant colors. These large maps look great in a classroom, den or office. Use one to mark the locations of your work or company.
A US Senator from Alaska says… “Opening up world markets to U.S. crude oil will lower the global price, which will in turn lower the global prices for petroleum products.”
A US airlines industry VP says… “Exporting U.S. crude makes little sense. [...] If we allow for the export of U.S. crude, we’ll have to import more oil from overseas and subject ourselves, once again, to an increasing degree of price volatility and higher global prices.”
The idea of exporting US crude hits different people different ways. Alaska has a surplus of oil and exporting it to Asia is as easy as delivering it to California. The airlines company owns a refinery in the eastern United States.
The Energy Information Administration has an interactive map of energy locations in the United States. You can use it to plot data layers showing the location of wind (see map sample below), coal mines, biomass plants, geothermal, hydroelectric, and many other types of energy projects.
“Widespread floods are plaguing at least three states in southeast Brazil. Heavy rains lasted throughout December in Minas Gerais, Bahia, and Espirito Santo States, causing floods and mudslides. December rainfall in Espirito Santo has already reached 714 millimeters (28.11 inches), an all-time record monthly rainfall.”
Ancient people carried and traded obsidian objects over wide geographic areas. Researchers have found success at attributing these artifacts with the geographic locality of an eruption by measuring their magnetic characteristics.
We have posted views of Earth from NASA’s Suomi satellite that show night illumination and natural gas flaring for oil industry sites in the Bakken Formation, Eagle Ford Shale, Alaska North Slope, United States Gulf, Mexican Gulf, Venezuela Orinoco Field, Brazil offshore basins, North Sea, North Africa onshore, west Africa offshore, and Persian Gulf.
As of yesterday the Rim Fire had burned 235,841 acres of brush, oaks, and pine in the Sierra Nevada Range near and in Yosemite National Park. NASA’s Earth Observatory has a day-by-day map that shows the spread of the fire atop of a shaded relief map.
“According to a recently published report by the National Science Foundation, science and engineering employment in the United States is geographically concentrated in a small number of states. Further, several major metropolitan areas within these states account for the highest S&E employment.” Quoted from the National Science Foundation press release.
“The American Geosciences Institute is expanding eligibility for its annual Earth Science Week photography contest to allow international members of all AGI Member Societies to participate for the first time.” Quoted from the AGI press release.
Digital globes used to be something seen only in science centers and museums are now becoming economical enough that high schools and smaller organizations can obtain them. Advances in programming and access to data make them more interesting and useful for education.
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